The Rise of Agile
By Kirsten Butzow, Pragmatic Institute Instructor To ensure continued business success, you know your products need to evolve. And that requires innovation. Kirsten Butzow, who has 20 years of experience in leading technology companies like Fujitsu, Pearson and Blackboard, recently delved into three trends that are driving product innovation. Through our understanding of these trends—agile development, data-driven decisions, and the emergence of design—we can harness the power of innovation. We’ll dig deeper into these trends and Butzow’s perspectives in this three-part series. The first trend: The Rise of Agile. Innovation Trend #1: The Rise of Agile What if you could reduce risk within your product team, remain continually on the verge of innovation and deliver products to customers at a rapid rate? By adopting the principles of agile development, companies are finding they can do just that. In fact, according to VersionOne’s State of Agile Report, 95 percent of respondents said their companies practice some form of agile. And it’s pretty easy to understand why when you consider the quantifiable benefits. Benefits of Agile QSM Associates’ Report The Impact of Agile compared agile projects to waterfall projects and found that agile projects:
- Were 37 percent faster to market
- Had teams that were 16 percent more productive
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